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Spillane offers to train London

19 November 2009

Former Kerry great Pat Spillane has offered to train the London football team after the county board's controversial decision not to appoint a new manager. 

London officials have recently opted to appoint three selectors to replace outgoing manager Noel Dunning, but Spillane, who has described the situation as "a farce", has this week offered to train the team for "three or four weekends". 

"If they want I'd give up a few weekends to come over and train them," Spillane told the Irish Post newspaper, "the current situation is a farce, pure and simple.

"I'm sure there is blame on both sides but let's be honest committees don't work. A camel is a cow designed by an Irish committee - you simply need to have a manager in charge, the buck needs to stop with him. Someone needs to be in place," he stated. 

Earlier this year, the controversial pundit claimed that London should be excluded from the National Football and Hurling Leagues to save costs but still backs their participation in the championship, where he feels the footballers have a decent chance in Connacht next year. 

"I do have reservations about London participating in the league but of course I feel they need to be in the championship," he said. 

"And because they're on the easy side of the draw in Connacht they should in theory have a great chance of causing an upset - why not. I'm sure there are 15 good footballers over there and once you've got them fit, the next thing to do is work on a plan."

Holder of eight All-Ireland medals, Spillane has expressed no desire to take over the Exiles on a permanent basis but has insisted that installing coaches in full-time roles is the way forward for struggling counties.

"While I got in hot water on my views about London's league participation earlier this year, I've always maintained that with full-time coaches in Britain the standard would improve and that's what we all want to see," said the Kerry man. 

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